Cardinals a fluke? Not quite

Don't call the Cardinals a fluke. They're in Super Bowl XLIII because they had a sound plan and remained true to their fooball beliefs, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

Originally Published: January 26, 2009
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Arizona Cardinals are in Super Bowl XLIII not just because of what happened in the NFC Championship Game, but because of what happened 11 years ago in the North Carolina State weight room.

They're here because an area scout kept raving about a Richmond running back who wasn't even invited to the NFL scouting combine.

They're here because they got on a plane to talk to a Division II guard at Clarion University in 2003. Because someone in the organization ...

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